Mrs Annette Crisp

Job: Senior Lecturer in Policing, Psychology and Criminal Justice

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 207 8793




Personal profile

Annette was responsible for the development of the Police Foundation Degree and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) UCPD programmes at the University and has additionally  made contribution to the development of other areas of teaching and learning at DMU.  She is currently the Programme Leader for the Policing 'Top Up' programme which is taught by distance learning and the lead for collaberative provision within the Division of Community and Criminal Justice.

In addition to working on the completion of a PhD which is focussed on complexity within police management and procedure- Perceptions of Policing the Management of Change within the Police Service; Annette is presently involved in the production, development and application of Avatar based learning materials to support  teaching and learning.

Simulation and scenario based methods have additionally been utilised in order to  develop and apply creative principles to utilise and visually represent research data.

Annette's research is essentially yoked with an academic interest in policing, and areas of teaching about criminal justice organisation. It currently focuses on the analysis of processes related to policing, particularly those associated with organisational change and chaos or complexity theory.

Research group affiliations

Policing and Criminal Justice  

Publications and outputs 

Click here to view a full listing of Annette Crisp's publications and outputs.

Key research outputs

Book Chapters

Crisp A and Ward D (2008) Policing the Community in the 21st Century in Stout B, Yates J and Williams B (eds)‘Applied Criminology’ London Sage.

Crisp A (2013) The Education and Training of Police Community Support Officers in Stanislas, P (ed) ‘International Perspectives on Police Education and Training’ London Routledge.

Research Papers

Ward D and Crisp A (2005) A Quality Audit of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) 2004-2005 unpublished London Home Office.

Atherton S and Crisp A (2011) Top Cats the role of Leadership in Community Justice British Journal of Community Justice Vol 9:1/2.

Crisp A (2012) The use of Avatar based learning as a Medium for Criminal Justice Education British Journal of Community Justice 10 (1), pp. 15-26.

Research interests/expertise

Annette is currently undertaking the final year of a PhD which focuses on the impact of complex systems on police management proceedures.She is additonally working on research in relation to the use of Avatars to support learning. 

Annette has contributed examples of her research, which reflects creative approaches to the presentation of research data to the following web-site:

Areas of teaching

  • International Pespectives on Crime and Criminology
  • Media and Crime
  • Victimology
  • Policing
  • Diversity and Ethics
  • Management and Leadership
  • Forensic Psychology and Crime



  • BA Combined (hons), 2ii

Psychology, English & Information Technology.

Leicester University



  • MSc

Security, Management and Information Technology

Leicester University


  • Postgraduate Award

Portfolio for ILTHE membership awarded

De Montfort University Leicester



  • Currently PhD Student (P/T)

De Montfort University Leicester



Courses taught

Currently Annette teaches in the following areas:



Criminal Justice

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Awarded  January 2010



Annette, with a colleague from the Business School Ros Lishman, is currently recruiting a student to work with them on a Front Runners Project which will focus on the use of Avatars in teaching and Learning. 

Conference attendance

Conference Papers

Crisp A and Hill P (2008) Review of the Introduction of IPLDP in Leicestershire Policing Education Conference Northampton University.

Crisp A (2010) The Perceptions of Police Training by Student Police Officers- POLCON Conference University of Central Lancashire.

Crisp A (2013) The use of avatars to prepare for practice- Cultural Exchanges Conference De Montfort University.

Crisp A (2013) It’s not just Max Payne or Black Ops 2 you know; The use of[Avatar technology in teaching police officers POLCON Conference Canterbury University.


Consultancy work

Module Leader Police Management Programme Norfolk  2009-12


Consultant to Business School - Employed to provide training in the Management of Ethics and Diversity for  Police Sergeants and Inspectors 

Case studies

The use of Avatar generated/supported learning has made an impact on teaching within the area of criminal justice and media studies. 

The following represents comments from some of our final year students.

 'I have used them in both International Perspectives and Victimology as well as Media and crime last year, I have found them invaluable. Some of my mates on other courses have said they wouldn’t mind something like that with the level of content and such, as when they have missed a lecture due to illness it would be good to be able to find out still what was talked about'.

 ‘I think they're useful and show just how much effort she puts into our learning. They help make her lectures different and engaging’ .

 ‘I think they are really good and provide extra understanding and context to the lecture, I particularly liked the avatar exercise that we did on offender profiling with rape victims, it was very useful and a very engaging activity’ .

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